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The Biblical Importance of Agreement

Posted by: admin on Thu, Mar 11, 2010

By Rev. Bill McGinnis

The Biblical Importance of Agreement
The Lord Loves Agreement Among His People, Hates Dissention

 

By Rev. Bill McGinnis, Pastor - InternetChurchOfChrist.org
Director - LoveAllPeople.org

The concept of "agreement" appears repeatedly throughout the Bible, and here is one example:

"Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another,
            live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you." 

2 Corinthians 13:11 (RSV)

If people agree on something, they can work together in harmony. But if they do not agree, the result is dissention and confusion.

As a matter of practical Christian life, it is good policy for people to establish clear agreements on all matters of importance among themselves. In many cases, it is desirable to have written statements of agreement, in order to avoid misunderstanding and dissention. As they say, "Get it in writing, avoid misunderstanding."

In order to help people develop agreements among themselves, I have written several free legal forms which can cover many common situations where people might need to have written statements of agreement. One of the forms, the "All-Purpose Agreement Form," is located at http://www.loveallpeople.org/allpurposeagreementform.html . All of these forms are located at http://www.loveallpeople.org/freelegalforms.html . I have placed them in the Public Domain, so that everyone can copy and use them freely, without restriction.

The list of Biblical references to agreement is shown below . . .

Bible, Revised Standard Version
15 matches.

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OLD TESTAMENT

Gen.23 [16] Abraham agreed with Ephron; and Abraham weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the hearing of the Hittites, four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weights current among the merchants.

Gen.34 [22] Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us, to become one people: that every male among us be circumcised as they are circumcised. [23] Will not their cattle, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us."

Exod.8 [12] So Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh; and Moses cried to the LORD concerning the frogs, as he had agreed with Pharaoh.

2Kgs.12 [8] So the priests agreed that they should take no more money from the people, and that they should not repair the house.

1Chr.13 [4] All the assembly agreed to do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

2Chr.30 [23] Then the whole assembly agreed together to keep the feast for another seven days; so they kept it for another seven days with gladness.

Job.22 [21] "Agree with God, and be at peace;thereby good will come to you.

Isa.28 [15] Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death,and with Sheol we have an agreement;when the overwhelming scourge passes through it will not come to us;for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter";

[18] Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through you will be beaten down by it.

Dan.2 [9] that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation."

Dan.6 [6] Then these presidents and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live for ever! [7] All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. [11] Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. [15] Then these men came by agreement to the king, and said to the king, "Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or ordinance which the king establishes can be changed."

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NEW TESTAMENT

Bible, Revised Standard Version 18 matches.

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Matt.18 [19] Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Matt.20 [2] After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. [13] But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?

Mark.14 [56] For many bore false witness against him, and their witness did not agree. [59] Yet not even so did their testimony agree.

Luke.22 [6] So he agreed, and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of the multitude.

John.9 [22] His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one should confess him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.

Acts.5 [9] But Peter said to her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Hark, the feet of those that have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."

Acts.15 [15] And with this the words of the prophets agree, as it is written,

Acts.23 [20] And he said, "The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul down to the council tomorrow, as though they were going to inquire somewhat more closely about him.

Rom.7 [16] Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good.

1Cor.1 [10] I appeal to you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

1Cor.7 [5] Do not refuse one another except perhaps by agreement for a season, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, lest Satan tempt you through lack of self-control.

2Cor.6 [16] What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2Cor.13 [11] Finally, brethren, farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Phil.4 [2] I entreat Eu-o'dia and I entreat Syn'tyche to agree in the Lord.

1Tim.6 [3] If any one teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching which accords with godliness,

1John.5 [8] There are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree.

Source: http://www.hti.umich.edu/r/rsv/

 

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Bill McGinnis

Pastor - http://InternetChurchOfChrist.org Director - http://LoveAllPeople.org

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